I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Baker.  

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 

thinking out loud

thinking out loud

“If in doubt, Google.” 
― C.S. Woolley

We pull up beside her in traffic, she has a sweet dog in her lap, his tongue out, his head hanging out the widow. I see she is on her phone, texting, waiting for the light to change. I watch as she pulls ahead, still texting, still shuffling the sweet dog on her lap. 

I am glad we are turning. What I really want is to do is be brave enough to say something to her, but I am not. I come home, thinking about smart devises, take FB off my phone and move IG and anything else that might tempt me to the last screen. I leave my phone in my purse, or gym bag, or camera bag when driving. 

“You've got your Brain, Google, and most importantly, you've got Youtube. Use'em!” 
― Olawale Daniel

I am aware of the time i spend online at home, preferring my computer to my phone or my iPad.  I do most of my "surfing" in my office, walking out the door and leaving the online world behind when I am done. But i am shocked when I open my history and see all the places I have "been to",  just in the last week and see how easily I am sucked right in. 

“Google chrome is not safe. The browser is prone to hacks at Starbucks.” 
― David Chiles

I wonder if blogging is the same as social media? Lately I have cut way back on IG and found myself back in the rooms of Flickr, where I feel a bit more connection and find beautiful inspiration.

“After obsessively Googling symptoms for four hours, I discovered 'obsessively Googling symptoms' is a symptom of hypochondria.” 
― Stephen Colbert

I understand that this place is a sanctuary for me. A place where I can write a few words and a share a few photos. Right now it is time well spent, for both my sanity and my emotions. 

"If it isn't on Google, it doesn't exist."
~ Jimmy Wales


"We want Google to be the third half of your brain." 
~ Sergey Brin


the child i was

the child i was

bits and pieces

bits and pieces